A refugee from Belarus needs support to treat depression and adapt to a new country

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My name is Kurilovich Boris.

Maybe we met in Vilnius in the Belarusian karchma “1863”, where I worked as a chef. Maybe we saw each other in Minsk at the marches in 2020. Or maybe you don't know me at all. But I need your help.

In 2020 I went to all the big peaceful protest marches in Minsk. In my neighborhood — Zavodskaya — I hung white-red-white ribbons in the evenings, not only in 2020, when it was relatively safe, but in 2021 and even in 2022. And then I started having problems:

In the spring of 2022, KGB officers came to my workplace several times. They took me aside for a conversation and told me bluntly that if I did not stop talking about my views among people close to me, I would face a criminal case and a sentence of up to 15 years, and my children would be taken away to an orphanage. I then changed my place of work and generally became more cautious. However, a few months later — in August 2022 — I learned that at my old job the KGB had seized absolutely all documents related to me. My lawyer told me that a criminal case had been opened against me, material was being collected, and I would soon be detained. It was time for me to leave the country. That's how I ended up in Lithuania.

I left with almost nothing. I had some money with me and a backpack with the most necessary things. In the new place I got a job as a chef in the karchma “1863” because it was important for me to keep in touch with my identity.

But then I broke down.
First of all, separation from the kids. It's very difficult. And painful. And I miss them a lot. And then my dad died. My psyche couldn't take it, I quit my job and ended up in the hospital with severe depression.
(BYSOL has all the medical records).

I am now fighting for myself and my health. And I need your help because I have no one here and I need someone to lean on. I need funds for medication, working with a therapist, and living while I get back to normal, get treatment, and put myself back together.

Thank you all!
And until we meet again!

How much is needed?


€1000 — 20 sessions with a therapist;
€500 — medication for depression for six months;
€3500 — accommodation and food for 3-4 months.

I know it's a large sum, but I'm in a serious condition right now and can't work. I need time to recover.

The collection is over. Сollected:
€ 5 120
The collection is over. Сollected: € 5 120